If you're not starting, you've got to be ready,” Stankiewicz said. “We're a pinch-runner or a pulled hammy away from you getting into the ballgame. So you've got to be ready to go.”

With the team finalized and roles seemingly solidified, all that’s left for the team now is to go out and play. The goal is to win every game on the schedule. To back up the 2016 18U team’s performance at the COPABE Pan American Championships in Mexico with another gold medal. To become just the second country to win four straight gold medals in the World Cup.

I'm going to do my best to get everybody on the field as much as possible, but at the same time, we've got to come back with a gold medal,” Stankiewicz said. “They've been playing all summer, so your body I think starts to wear down a little bit, but I'm sure putting a USA jersey on and playing in a World Cup--I think adrenaline should take care of that.